810.20 Defense/1–2247

Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State ( Braden ) to the Secretary of State


In order to meet, insofar as possible, the desires of the War and Navy Departments,41 it is believed that a moderate program of military cooperation, providing for the maintenance of American military missions in foreign countries, and for training of foreign officers in the United States, should constitute an acceptable alternative. Arms transfers to Latin America should, however, be drastically limited.

It is recommended that such a program be developed with the War and Navy Departments to replace the program envisaged in HR 6326.42

Spruille Braden
  1. The Secretaries of the Navy (Forrestal) and of War (Patterson) in letters of November 12 and December 5, 1946, respectively, expressed their interest in the two bills to provide for Inter-American military cooperation (H.R. 6326; S. 2153) and the detailing of United States military and naval missions to foreign governments (H.R. 5433; S. 1847), which were introduced in the 79th Congress but not enacted. They recommended that these bills be submitted, to the 80th Congress.
  2. See the memorandum infra; the new program was referred for further study to the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee.